Muslim Holiday Falls on Same Date as 9/11: Will Backlash Ensue?

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The holy Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha falls on the same date as the 15th anniversary of 9/11 this year, and American Muslims are voicing their concerns on social media that backlash against them may ensue. Their claim is that Islamophobic resentment may turn into violence against Muslims celebrating their holiday on the same day al-Qaeda attacked the Twin Towers and killed thousands of American lives fifteen years ago.

Millions of Muslims across the world will participate in the ‘feast of sacrifice,’ but their fear is that people could misinterpret the festivities as a celebration of the attacks. The president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, Habeeb Ahmed, told the New York Times that non-Muslim Americans will take it the wrong way.

Some Muslim participants have took to Twitter to mock those who may confuse the two:

 

What do you think? Should Muslims postpone their celebration of the holiday out of respect for 9/11?

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